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Internet use up at work • The great paper chase • More chance of being arrested by a woman in B.C. • Nova Scotia up minimum wage • HR goes prime time

Internet use up at work

— Canadians spend an average of four and a half hours online at work for personal reasons, an Ipsos-Reid poll says. That’s more than double the amount of time they spent in 2000, but the Internet is also making significant strides as a valuable workplace tool, said Steve Mossop, senior vice-president at Ipsos-Reid’s Vancouver office. Canadians spend an average 15 work hours a week online, up from eight in 2000. HR departments are responding with Internet policies; 57 per cent of employers now have policies, up from 33 per cent.

The great paper chase

London, Ont.
— Workers print out 35 to 50 sheets of paper a day and a lot of it is information received from the Internet, a study by the Ivey Business Consulting Group for printer manufacturer Lexmark Canada shows. E-mail and materials from the Internet accounted for more than 30 per cent of print jobs. The small study was based on 66 telephone interviews with businesses in Toronto and London, Ont.

More change of being arrested by a woman in B.C.

— Fifteen per cent of the nation’s 58,000 police officers are women, Statistics Canada reports. British Columbia leads the way in inclusion, with women making up 18.9 per cent of police forces compared to a low of 10.7 per cent in Nova Scotia.

Nova Scotia ups minimum wage

— Nova Scotia’s minimum wage will rise 25 cents to $6.25 on Oct. 1, and then another 25 cents next April. The minimum wage for inexperienced workers goes to $6.05. For Canadian minimum wages, click on the “Related articles” link below.

HR goes prime time

Los Angeles
— The latest entry into reality television will highlight Donald Trump’s candidate selection prowess. NBC’s “The Apprentice” will have 20 people vying to become Trump’s aide. Contestants will tackle tough assignments, and whoever fails to cut it will be personally fired by Trump.

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